Hi...I am new to the community. This looks like the real deal for traders, so I hope I am welcome here. I recently retired from trading in NY. My career as a futures trader has been spent at 3 large Wall Street firms. It has been at least 5 or 10 years since I really knew the landscape for 'independent' professional traders (which used to mean just locals, a few cta/hedge funds and the larger Chicago clearing firms like refco, goldenberg, o'conner etc.) The industry and it's players have changed so dramatically in the last decade that I am a little low on current information now that I am trading on my own. I know that the introduction of Eurex USA could shake things up in the next few months as far as rates go, but I thought I would ask a few questions now. I hope there are traders here that are similar to me (see below for details) that might be willing to help inform me. I am interested in finding the right firm to trade through. Any other relevant information that would seem appropriate for me based on the info below is also welcome of course. My details are as such: --I make several 50 and 100 lot trades in the e-mini's and bund's each day (only trade intra-day this size). I often keep half size lots overnight. --I am comfortable funding my account with at least a couple hundred thousand dollars and I have very comfortable reserves. --I am currently trading through Interactive Brokers as a short term solution to bridge the gap between when I left my last job and when I find the right place for me to trade. I realize that these rates are high for my activity level, but I must say that I have been pleased with their trader work station and the consistent connection. --Lastly, I have many of years of profitable experience (over a decade). I don't need any handholding on the trading side and I have enough capital reserves to ride out any tough patches that come up (sooner or later they always do!). I'd love to here from or talk to similar traders that are out there. I'll check this forum and my pm's frequently. Thanks! Have a good trading day everyone.